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Midlands to benefit from £38bn rail spending programme

£600m to be invested in new New Street station Photo: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A five-year plan which will see £38bn worth of investments into rail services gets underway today with the Midlands benefitting from over £6bn across the regions rail services.

Passengers can expect more trains, more seats, reduced congestion and improved stations as Network Rail begins the largest national railway spending programme since Victorian times.

As part of the improvements we can expect to see an extra 3,500 seats coming into Birmingham during the morning rush hour by 2019.

Work to be completed in West Midlands:

  • £600m invested at Birmingham New Street
  • A redeveloped shopping centre above New Street station, Grand Central Birmingham
  • £100m invested at Bromsgrove and Redditch, including a new station in Bromsgrove
  • The Chiltern main line to accommodate longer trains and more seats
  • £250m on West Coast main line between Stafford and Crewe to improve line speed

The new integrated shopping complex, Grand Central Birmingham, will provide over 40 new premium shops including John Lewis and around 20 restaurants and cafes.

There will also be new connections across the city centre with a direct link with the Midland Metro opening in 2015.

In the East Midlands plans are in place to provide services for the expected increase of 16% more passengers by 2019.

Work to be completed in East Midlands:

  • Electrification of Midland Main Line to reduce running costs and reducing emissions
  • Improvements in Derby area allowing more services and improvements to journey times
  • More services to run between Bedford and Kettering, and Kettering and Corby